John Banville is an Irish novelist, an adapter of dramas, and a screenwriter. His novel The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guinness Peat Aviation award in 1989. His fourteenth novel, The Sea, won the Booker Prize in 2005.
He has also been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize (2011); the Irish PEN Award (2013); the Austrian State Prize for Literature (2013) and the Prince of Asturias Award (2014).
He has published a number of crime novels as Benjamin Black, most featuring Quirke, an Irish pathologist based in Dublin.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007.